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Tropical Depression Talas hits Japan

TOKYO –

Tropical Depression Talas brought torrential rain Saturday in parts of Japan, triggering landslides, stopping trains and killing a man after he crashed his car into a pond.

Police said the man who drove down a pond in Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan was taken to hospital but died.

In another area of ​​Shizuoka, rescue efforts are underway after a road collapsed due to heavy rainfall, police said. Japanese media reported that a man tried to crawl out of a jammed truck but another man was missing.

Separately, three people were injured in a landslide in Shizuoka, according to a spokesman for the prefectural police.

Rivers rise in the Shizuoka city of Hamamatsu, where videos shared on social media show cars wading through flooded streets. Newspaper footage showed an underground passage at a train station flooded with muddy water. Because of the suspension of trains, about 1,000 people were stranded at an arena in Shizuoka, which was hosting a concert on Friday night.

The typhoon is the latest to hit Japan after typhoons have caused a number of deaths and damage in recent weeks.

Talas was heading towards Tokyo and hit a large area around the capital with heavy showers. A landslide warning was issued along the path of the storm.

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